Two drown in migrant boat sinking: Greek coastguard


Two migrants died early Friday when a speedboat over-turned near the Greek island of Kos, the coastguard said, just days after authorities opened a new camp on the island.

The bodies of a man and a woman were recovered and three men were rescued after the speedboat overturned due “to high waves and poor handling,” it said, without giving their nation-alities

The Greek government last Sat-urday opened new camps on Kos and the neighbouring island of Leros. There are fears of a new migration wave owing to the cri-sis in Afghanistan.The so-called “closed” camps feature barbed wire fencing, sur-veillance cameras, X-ray scan-ners and magnetic doors and gates that are closed at night.

They also have running water, toilets and more security — fea-tures that were absent from the previous facilities.

The European Union has committed 276 million euros ($326 million) for the new camps.
NGOs and aid groups have raised concerns about the new camps, arguing that the movement of people should not be re-stricted.—APP

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